Santa Clara Focus – Opinion
Other News Outlets Are Catching On to the Wrestling Match Between the 49ers and City of Santa Clara
By Robert Haugh
Two years ago, red and gold confetti was flying freely as a grand celebration was held honoring the opening of the high-tech, $1 billion Levi’s Stadium.
Since that day, much has changed. The 49ers went from a winning, playoff-caliber team, to one of the worst teams in the NFL.
Off-the-field, the 49ers and the Mission City are entrenched in a fierce wrestling battle – perhaps both sides should square off inside a WWE wrestling ring – heck, it may just bring in lots of money to the City, errrrr ManCo. Mission City Mania? Might be more entertaining than recent 49ers game.
Here are a couple recent articles discussing the scuffle:
(Mayor) Gillmor shoots back that the team needs to “rebuild trust in the community — which is lacking.” That’s something longtime fan (Dororthy) Rosa can relate to.
“I had a lot of faith in Jed,” Rosa said, “and the way it’s going — my faith is gone.”
Key Takeaway: Trust is key. As evidenced by the election, Santa Clara residents trust the Mayor, and are very leery of the 49ers.
Key Sentence: “At issue is whether the 49ers and ManCo have cooked the books and whether the city is entitled to more money.”
Key Takeaway: This is the crux of the matter. According the city’s auditors at the last Ad Hoc stadium audit committee meeting, the 49ers are not cooperating and they can’t finish their audit — the one that was suggested by the grand jury.
Both articles are good, long reads about what went wrong. The SanJoseInside.com story is more detailed and highlights the failure of city staff. City Manager Rajeev Batra’s quotes are comical and really bad. But he’s just an interim. The City won’t likely get a handle on the situation until they have good audit numbers and better city staff handling the stadium.